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Why is Homebrew Day the first Saturday in May?

The only reason I can find online seems to suggest that it is just because AHA said so. I seem to remember reading somewhere once that it was related to finally repealing parts of Prohibition that ...
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Violent fermentation | One day after brewing | Liter spillage from the top

I am an amateur brewer just cooked my third batch ever three days ago. This time with a couple of friends (which also bought the ingredients from a place I haven't before), so this time I used a ...
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Why is counting airlock bubbles a poor method of determining whether or not fermentation has slowed down or stopped?

I am eager to figure out how to measure the specific gravity of my wort using a Raspberry Pi, Arduino, or other device, but I do not wish to spend $250 for a BeerBug. People on the internet have used ...
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Gluten Free Summer Ale

My wife recently found out she has a gluten sensitivity, so sadly a number of things she loved are now off-limits. As summer is upon us here in Boston, she today realized that Sam Adams Summer Ale is ...
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Does temperature rise time between mash steps matter?

When doing a multi-step mash, does the amount of time you take in between steps to raise the temperature make a difference? (Aside from the obvious "taking longer will make your brew day take ...
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Advice on my second batch

I recently completed my first batch, which was the DIPA kit from Brewer's Best. It actually turned out much better than I could have imagined, so I was very pleased. My only complaints, and these ...
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Why add extract late [duplicate]

I have heard mention of late addition of extracts. I was under the impression that you need to boil the extract to kill off any possible nasties? When I brew, so far always from a prepackaged kit, ...
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What is it about this receipe that makes it an IPA? Or more generally, what makes an IPA?

So I recently brewed up this recipe. When I went to the LHBS to get the grain, the guy there somehow knew, just from the grain bill, that I was making an IPA. Since finding and loving IPAs, I had ...
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Gravity reading much lower than exected: why?

Okay, so my friend and me made an experiment yesterday. We wanted to brew a >20%, 300+ IBU IIPA. Yeah yeah... I know :) Now to the question. We used 10.5kg of grain for 26.25 liters of water for the ...
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What should I expect to pay for pin lock Corny Kegs?

It seems like corny keg prices are all oer the map. doing a simple search for "used pin lock cornelius keg" I see them from $11.99 on ebay to $38.95 on Cornykeg.com That's a huge swing. Relatively ...
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Cleaning Inside of Racking Cane

I've noticed a little build up of gunk (for lack of a better term) in the curve of my racking cane. I can use a cleaning brush to get most of the cane but I don't have anything on hand to get into the ...
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What's a good extract ale recipe that approximates the big-brewery/BMC-style beers?

People are probably wondering why exactly I am looking to make a light, flavourless BMC-style beer. I personally enjoy better beers - my winters are full of stouts, porters, brown ales, great IPAs ...
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Can I add adjuncts to beer kits?

I have been given one of those beer kits, namely Coopers International Series Beer Kit English Bitter. I've used these kits before and I've also made my own beer without the use of such kits. What ...
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Johnson A419 controls

I have a summit 570 kegerator which does not get cold enough. I bought the Johnson A419 - saw reviews everyone swears by it. I hooked it up, set at 32°F, the display reads 43°F and does not ...
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Losing liquid during brewing

I'm homebrewing using a Northern Brewer starter kit, but I seem to be losing quite a lot of beer. I'm starting with 5 gallons in my primary fermeter, but by the time I bottle I end up with roughly 3.9 ...
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Saison fermentation. White residue and thin film. Infected?

I'm ferementing a saison with Wyeast 3724, and after the initial ferment, it died down, I then bought it into a warmer room and chucked some blankets over it (I'm also using an aquarium heater, but ...
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Does any “probe” exist which can detect the gravity of wort?

I use a Raspberry Pi in combination with a temperature probe to measure the temperature of my wort. It would be nice if I had another probe that could measure the current gravity of my beer, so that ...
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What consequences arise from holding wort at a high temperaure after fermenation is 100% complete?

I just learned recently via this forum that temperature is most important during primary fermentation, which completes in (roughly) 7 days. I have fermwraps on my carboys. What would happen if I set ...
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Does current science have any idea of what components of the biology of yeast make which desired characteristics of beer

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/mar/27/designer-chromosome-brewers-yeast-eukaryotic-saccharomyces-cerevisiae If you haven't heard of this story you have GOT to read it. "Scientists ...
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I added sugar and bottled the beer…aged and no carbonation [closed]

We made the beer, it fermented fine, then waited to bottle (maybe too long afterwards) added sugar and bottled. After waiting for the required time opened a bottle only to find it flat. Can we add ...
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Making Sweet Mead this weekend

guys, I'm planning to brew a sweet mead this weekend with 15-18 lbs of honey for a 5 gallon batch... Here's my goal... I want it to be strong (15% or so) and sweet. I'm pretty much prepared, but ...
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When saving or recovering yeast is it always found in the cake or trub or lees, or is it sometimes found in the krausen?

I have read various things about saving yeast when racking, which is what I intend to do soon with one small batch of cider. I see some people just "take the cake" and I've read about a process ...
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Does artificial light degrade wine?

http://www.atgstores.com/wine-racks/nexxt-design-fn01459-8-ellington-wine-rack_g1354109.html?rmk=1833&af=2264&linkloc=reCanonical I can put that in a spot with no sunlight. Will my wine ...
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Permanent marking of volume in aluminium pot

This technique http://imgur.com/a/dCvS5, shows how is easy to do permanent markings in stainless pot. But what about aluminium ? Does anyone know if it is possible (and safe) to use it in aluninium ...
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What is the EZ Water Calculator for? [duplicate]

has anyone used the EZ Water calculator? I'm new at this and have been reading a lot but don't quite understand the purpose of such spreadsheet... Could you provide a little more info? Thanks!
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Could someone provide info. about brewing salts?

I have been reading a lot about home brewing. I'm planning actually to build an electronic 5 gallon brewery. Could anyone provide a short explanation when (mashing, boiling ?!), why and how much to ...
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Can Malt extract or Wort be inverted?

You can invert Sucrose sugar (UK table sugar) into Fructose and Glucose, by heating with citric acid, (FYI This is how you make belgian candy sugar guys!). I'm not too hot on my Malt, but there is a ...
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How to Properly Increase the Temperature of a Batch after Primary Fermentation

I've read tidbits how that after the first 3 days of fermentation, you would ideally raise the temperature of the carboy for the remainder of the brew. How, exactly, does one do this? Say the Wyeast ...
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How do I make grape wine at 60%ABV, that tastes good?

Its my first time. I want to make some wine. Please tell me how I increase my wines alcohol percentage around 60%. Is it possible, Does anyone know the process? How much yeast, should I use in the ...
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Economics behind homebrewing?

What are the economics behind home brewing? I mean compared to buying "X" commercial brand beer and setting aside the "hobby" added value that this may have? Please help! Regards! F.
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Maintaining Optimal Flavor in a Brown Ale

I've brewed a lot of Brown Ales, and one thing I have noticed from batch to batch is fairly swift flavor degradation. The beer will taste excellent after two weeks of conditioning. I'll be able to ...
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Temperature of wort hit 50*F when yeast has a minimum temperature of 60*F

This is unrelated to the question I just posted here. (Yes I'm having a bad day regarding temperatures, both too hot and too cold!) My yeast had a temperature range of 60-72*F. It has been brewing ...
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Temperature of Wort hit 89*F when yeast has maximum temperature of 72*

... I rigged up a raspberry pi and connected it to a thermwrap to regulate temperatures for my wort. All was working swell until I made a slight tweak in the code, and commented out the section that ...
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Safely adding enzymes (e.g. Beano) to lower final gravity

I've heard a lot of mixed stories about people adding additional enzymes (Beano, GasX, etc) to their beers to drop the final gravity down very (sometimes undesirably) low. I've also hear mixed ideas ...
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Will blending a highly attenuating yeast with a highly alcohol tolerant yeast cleanly lower the final gravity in a very high gravity ale?

I've brewed some ridiculous beers in the past, my highest original gravity resulting in over a final 18% ABV using WLP099 yeast. That particular beer turned out well for how inexperienced I was when ...
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A recipe for a White IPA calls for dextrose and lactic acid. What are they used for?

For my next brew, I'm brewing this Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA clone recipe using LME as described at the bottom of the page. I'm unfamiliar with the use of lactic acid and dextrose in brewing ...
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Extract Brewing - Adding Water to Carboy after Pouring Kettle into Carboy

In this question I asked if it was bad to pour the sludge from the kettle into the carboy, because the instructions from NB told me not to do it (but didn't explain why). The answers I got were that ...
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I am planning to brew a GRUIT

In the life of each home-brewer there is a moment when he decides to do something crazy (like gruit). I understand, that chances of me making a drinkable gruit are pretty low... But.. you know. I ...
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How much coffee (approx) would go into a 2 Gallon brew?

Im new to homebrewing (this'll be my 3rd batch ever, but only my second with this kit) using a Mr Beer 2 gallon kit. Im making an American Porter (from extract) and want to impart some coffee flavors ...
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Bottle conditioning

More reading - this time about bottle conditioning. If my yeast attenuation level is say 80%, does that mean there would be enough sugars in the bottle for the yeast to carb the beer? Or would priming ...
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How does oil inhibit head formation? Do citrus oils inhibit head formation?

Two part question: (1) How does oil inhibit formation of head in beer? Homebrewers take as gospel that oil-containing ingredients such as nuts will negatively impact head. But I can't find any ...
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Will More grain in a partial mash give more body to my IPA

I enjoy IPA's and I think I've made the best one to my taste so far. The only thing that concerns me is the amount of grain that I used in this recipe, as it was only 1/2 lb of Belgian Aromatic Malt. ...
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Rye and sulfur (burnt rubber / skunk), how to explain the connection?

I've come to beleve that brewing with Rye often leads to undesired sulfur based 'burnt rubber' off-flavours. I'm pretty sure about it but I only have the following indirect evidence: have recently ...
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Do I need additional equipment for kits with hops?

I am looking for a kit for my second brew. My first was simply a can, some added DME and the yeast that came with the can, and it turned out pretty well. My one complaint was that it wasn't quite ...
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Homebrewing and Cats

I am somewhat interested in obtaining 2 kittens. My 1 bedroom apartment already isn't the cleanest. I spray 409 and Windex on all my surfaces before I brew or bottle and call it clean. I'm not going ...
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How do you open a Type-S (European) Sankey keg?

I own a Type S Sankey keg. How can we open it for cleaning, sanitization, and filling? In particular, is there a tool we can purchase to make opening and re-closing safe and easy?
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Yeast “cake” after bottling

I recently bottled this recipe, last Sunday (2014-03-09). I popped one open today, and it is damn tasty, and even decently carbed after less than a week. However, all the bottles have about a half ...
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“Focus on Flavor” Column

I am trying to locate copies of a complete set of Scott Bickham's "Focus on Flavors" column in Brewing Techniques, which seems like it was a journal or magazine in the 1990s. The question is can ...
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When brewing water Kefir my wire bail stopper blew off

I am trying to salvage my one fermenting bottle and wondered if anyone knows how to get the dern top/bail stopper back on the bottle. When I went to open my water kefir it shot liquid everywhere and ...
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Is there a need to stir the kettle at some regular interval while boiling the wort?

I extract brew. After I boil the three gallons of water, I take the kettle off the stove and pour the sugars in, and stir under I'm convinced it has all been dissolved. Placing the kettle back on the ...

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